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Old 14 March 2005, 05:50   #1
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Going to the Isles of Scilly

Just thought I'd take the plunge and post my first thread. I have spent the last 6 months planning the purchase of my first RIB. I have settled with a Tornado 5.5m. As I am a virgin ribster - prior to my purchase I had never set foot in a RIB. I was concerned about my 1 engine being a point of failure. carefull research via this site pointed me in the direction of an AUX engine, so I am now running a Mercury 115hp with a honda 5hp back up.

I am now planning my first cruise, Im off to the Scillys @ Easter. I would appreciate any advice people could give. My boat (called Hotrocks)does not have a fuel gauge. It has a very technical stick in which to dip. How much fuel would it take to get to the Scillys from Lands End? Thats presuming I can launch from Lands End.

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Old 14 March 2005, 06:10   #2
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There are two very basic things here that you need to work out.

1) How much fuel does your boat burn when fully loaded. That will come with using the boat.

2) Work out how far it is from where you launch to St Mary's

Once you have that add at least 20% and you have your answer

Also I suspect you will end up launching from Falmouth.

If you are new to RIB's then I would get plenty of experience in your boat first as its not so much getting there but getting back of the weather turns and I can assure you that part of the world can rough up!

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Old 14 March 2005, 06:37   #3
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Me thinks try learning to walk before you start running springs to mind, howís you navigation? & I donít mean following a GPS. The Scillies can be a small collection of rocks in a very large ocean if fog rolls in, and as a first trip out in a boat you have never been on before is nothing short of daft. Crossing the channel to France would be easier, I would re-think your first trip if I was you.
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Old 14 March 2005, 06:38   #4
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If you want to ring me on 01 803 559800 before say 4.30ish today, I will talk you through a bunch of things that you will need to know.

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Old 14 March 2005, 06:52   #5
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You boys are quick on the reply

Thanks for the feedback - although I expected nothing less.

I bought the boat 6 weeks ago and spent 4 weeks bombing round the Solent teaching myself, I then completed my RYA level 2. I am not afraid of a challenge and I bought a RIB due to the reports of its excellent sea keeping abillitys.

I have a Lowrance GPS onboard which all being well will take me there.

I take your point ref France being a safer option as you cannot really miss the land mass. But I am in Cornwall for 1 week over Easter and I'm confident all will be well.
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I would suggest getting a course under your belt first as you have already done the level 2 have ago at the Intermediate as this will cover in more detail coastal cruising . The Scilly Isles are a fantastic place but as others have mentioned if fog rolls in, its not a good place to be.
check out www.rya.org.uk for a school near to you . Have fun
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I would go along with what Tim has to say. You mention your GPS should get you their, what would you do if it fails you, ie breakdown ! If you were to do your Intermediate course then you will be taught how to keep a log of the route you have troubled so therefore if the GPS does fail then you can always revert back to your chart. Where would you be getting your Lat and Long from for your GPS waypoints.
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As stated I am not adverse to a challange, but I am also going to try and limit the risks I take. Hence this string, also the backup engine and a spare handheld VHF. I have purchased an Alamanac guide which lists all the way points. I will also conduct a time and distance appreciation study along the route, which should keep me along a safe sort of axis. I suppose if it all goes pear shaped I will just turn 180 degrees and return to blighty.
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As stated I am not adverse to a challange, but I am also going to try and limit the risks I take. Hence this string, also the backup engine and a spare handheld VHF. I have purchased an Alamanac guide which lists all the way points. I will also conduct a time and distance appreciation study along the route, which should keep me along a safe sort of axis. I suppose if it all goes pear shaped I will just turn 180 degrees and return to blighty.
Going off shore as your first major trip is too risky and the precautions you are taking are insufficient. Your hand held will run of range in the first 10 minutes and a gps can not be entirely trusted. As a minimum I would get a compass fitted to the boat (and tested) and find out how to use it. I would also do a journey of a similar length, say around the IOW, because you will be amazed how many things will brake on your boat and how tired you will feel. Iíd also do the journey with someone else. Des
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Please donít rely just on a GPS, as Simon says learn to do things the old clockwork way.
I can remember being on a dive site a couple of years a go when fog rolled in, by time the divers were up we had lost sight of land (not a problem with GPS so we thought). Switched it on & waited a while NO satellites could be found, by now visibility was down to only a few metres. By using a hand held compass I managed to get us all back to shore & we ended up about 400yds from where we had came out from.
Was this luck or judgement?
As I saw the fog rolling in I had enough time to take a compass baring on a good landmark & knew which way the tide was running, there were a lot of very concerned people on board they didnít have a clue which way we were going but I knew I could get back to shore (wasnít sure it would be the right bit of beach but I knew I could get us back to land) The fog was so thick by time we got back to the beach we didnít even know we were there, the SIB ran aground before we could see the beach & it was only by walking to the top of the beach we knew where we were.
Now if this had been a group of rocks in the middle of nowhere we could have gone right past them & ended up out of fuel drifting out of range of the radio.
Please donít rush into anything until you have all the bases covered, Iím sure you will be doing this trip some time in the future & probably doing it many times but as a first trip alone donít bother unless you are 110% sure you have everything covered.
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